Christie’s is pleased to present the first ever watch specially adapted for James Bond in the Pop Culture sale on 26 June 2013. The Breitling Top Time, worn by Sean Connery during 007’s mission to find two NATO atomic bombs stolen by SPECTRE in the 1965 movie Thunderball, was recently bought for £25 at a car boot sale and is estimated to realise between £40,000 and £60,000 (illustrated above). It was the first watch to be modified by the famous Q Branch and is equipped with a ‘Geiger counter’ which in the film detects the emission of nuclear radiation. Made by Breitling in 1962 it was adapted by the James Bond art department and was the only example produced for the movie. This is a great opportunity for collectors to acquire a unique piece of James Bond memorabilia.
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